Portrayed as a woman with angel wings mixing up the water of two cups, one blue, the other red, the Temperance Arcana is a symbol of synthesis, prudence, harmony, and the merging of opposites.
Gameplay-wise, the Personas of the Temperance Arcana are often well-rounded Personas. Personas of the Temperance Arcana are mythological figures associated with balance and moderation. The Temperance Arcana is primarily home to mythological beasts rather than human figures.
Characters of the Temperance Arcana are often struggling to find a balance in their lives and in their hobbies. The imbalance results from the absence of someone that they greatly cared for, usually through death, as well as pressure from the relative(s) of that person that was/were left behind.
In Megami Ibunroku Persona, this Arcanum corresponds to the Avatar race. In Persona 2, it instead contains all the races of the Birds species: Avian, Flight, and Raptor.
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The player can guarantee a fusion accident resulting in a Temperance Arcana persona by starting from a "hard reset" (as in, not already mid-game and loading a save or selecting "Return to Title") and performing any type of fusion after taking exactly 49 steps in an area where no enemies will attack, such as the Mikage Sun Mall.
The Temperance Arcana powers up eveytime the Protagonist attends the home economics activities and interacts with Bebe, where he helps him in various activities. Completing the Temperance Arcana Social Link bestows the Ultimate Form of the Temperance Arcana, Byakko, the king of all beasts.
The Temperance Arcana remains relatively the same as in Persona 3, however, the Ultimate Form of the Temperance Arcana was replaced with Yurlungur, governor of the heavens. Byakko was instead changed to a standard Persona of the Temperance Arcana.
The Temperance Arcana Social Link is represented by Eri Minami in Persona 4. The Protagonist can initiate the Social Link by accepting the Assistant Day-Care Part-time job, which is available during Monday, Friday and Saturday, and only in Sunny or Cloudy weathers. Working in the Day Care Part-time job also increases the Protagonist' 'Understanding' Characteristics parameters.
In the events of the Temperance Arcana Social Link, the Protagonist helps Eri in bonding with her stepchild, as well as her pressure of being someone's 'second wife'. Completing the Social Link bestows the Ultimate Form the Temperance Arcana, Vishnu, the Preserver of the World.
The Temperance Arcana is represented by the Confidant with Sadayo Kawakami, which is unlocked after 5/24 when the protagonist discovers she works a part time job as a "maid." This Confidant unlocks various bonuses, such as napping, crafting or reading during school lectures, item making without passing time and the ability to do night-time activities after going to the Palace as it ranks up.
During the Confidant the protagonist learns Kawakami is working both as a teacher and part-time as a maid in order to pay off the guardians of a former student she once tutored, who passed away in a car accident. The protagonist helps Kawakami overcome her guilt over the situation and reaffirm her love of teaching, becoming better to her students as well.
Completing the Temperance Arcana Confidant will also bestow the ultimate form of the Arcana, Ardha.